F8 and Be There

An elephant handler gets goosed by an elephant on display in Dallas, Texas.
The story behind the photo.
Kevinv-BW-small1Years ago, as a brand new photojournalist who had graduated from the University of Texas, I was lucky and blessed to land a job at the Dallas Times Herald. At the time, DTH was considered one of the top major newspapers in the nation. DTH was in the midst of a roll in winning Pulitzer Prizes–all in photography! The photographic staff was chock-full of incredible talent who all had “the eye of the tiger”. Being the first photographer to ever be hired there directly out of college is an honor I cherish to this day, especially given the talent I was thrown in with and mentored by. In many ways, I look back and consider my time at the Dallas TImes Herald Newspaper worthy of receiving a doctorate in photography (if there were such a thing). That’s how much I learned from my photo editor and fellow photojournalists. As in any decent organization, the low man on the totem pole has to earn his way up, so me being the “new guy”, I was handed the chicken crap assignments and expected to bring back gourmet chicken soup. One thing I learned from shooting these kinds of assignments was “F8 AND BE THERE!” Which I learned translates to “WHEN YOU’RE LUCKY, BE READY!” These were wonderful days. I think all photojournalists would agree that the photojournalism age peaked between 1980 and 1985. Those were the days when newspaper editors valued photographers the most, and ironically, also when they enjoyed their largest profit margins in history.

One Saturday morning, amongst other lame assignments, there was one to go photograph the elephants being unloaded in downtown Dallas for the circus that was arriving in town. Unlike the oldtimer who would have simply run over, grabbed a quick shot and run back to the newspaper office, I was still low man on the totem pole, so I was trying to prove myself. I was quickly learning I was only as good as my last shot. As I drove over to where the elephants would be staged, I agonized over how in the world I would be able to photograph this subject in a unique and different way from the way so many others had already photographed elephants. Upon arrival, I immediately began looking for something unique, but was disappointed to find nothing that would pull on the heartstrings such as a kid in a wheelchair or an elderly gent watching the elephants. I tried every angle from jumping on tables to laying on the ground to get the shot. Then I noticed that the elephant handler was not a toothless old guy, but an attractive woman. So I thought, let me see if I can find a way to play off this beautiful blonde doing her job as an elephant handler. So I followed her up and down, photographing her with a tight telephoto lens, getting lots of great, cutesy type shots. Then I changed my lens to a 50. Since I had been shooting with a telephoto previously, I’d only been seeing from the waist or chest up. What can I say, I’m a guy! When I switched to the 50 mil lens, and could see her full body, I noticed something I’d been missing when shooting tighter with the 85mm…that as she walked by every elephant, each one threw out his trunk and goosed her in the rear-end as though trying to grab a peanut. So I dropped in behind her and photographed this beautiful blonde elephant handler being goosed by these “overly fresh” elephants. To this day, I’ve wondered what caused the elephants to goose her–did she sit on some chewing gum or something? This truly turned out to be a classic (and funny) lesson for me in “F8 AND BE THERE”.

Ultimately, the end result was the photo won numerous awards, the pat on the back from my photo editor and peers and it opened the door to receiving a dream assignment — spending a week on an aircraft carrier with fighter pilots. To this day, this image has been published all over the world and earned thousands of dollars in royalty fees.

Kevin Vandivier
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Marc Pauzé, Storyteller of humanity

Suitcases full of stories

Finding herself pregnant at 17 after many rapes from a man in her community, Rosalyn Mathias, an Algonquin from Long Point First Nation, Canada, was so afraid of talking to her parents. A few weeks later, she moved away from the family camp, got a miscarriage, alone in the forest… Wiping her tears, she buried the foetus and returned to the tent. It was in July 1965.
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«I carried that secret for 30 years. For all those years, I suffered in silence. Lost, I tried to forget in alcohol and drugs.»

First nation women must count mostly on themselves to undertake the healing process. For Rosalyn, healing went with going back to her roots. Contact with her culture started by going back in the bush. On one of these outings, she found the place where she lost her child, 43 years earlier. A tree grew at the exact spot. A few weeks later, she returns to do a ceremony and close the circle with that event. As she get there, she gathers cedar leaves and makes a circle around the tree.

Then, crush by emotions, she takes a moment to hug the tree and talk to her lost child. Or maybe to her lost childhood.

Marc-André Pauzé is an award-winning photo reporter whose mission is to explore, document and share the human story by means documentary photography to inform, honour and reminisce. His journeys provided him with suitcases full of stories and photographs. His tales of the human condition are told through his eyes, his heart and his camera lens.
He now works as a freelance photojournalist, after his partnership with Sipa Press.

His work has been featured in such publications as the International Herald Tribune, Libération, Harvard School of Public Health’s World Health News and the Gesca Group. He also worked on an Amnesty International world campaign.
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He was the guest of honour at the 8th Rencontre de la photo de Chabeuil (a photography festival), in France, and was a finalist at the 2009 Grands Prix du journalisme independent (Independent Journalism Awards). His documentary exhibit entitled “L’humanitude dans l’ombre” is presently being distributed throughout Quebec. Furthermore, his multimedia documentary, from the same project, is being shown in many educational and training institutions. In April 2011 he published his first book entitled “Les Carnets Humani Afrika”.

Documentary photography, Photojournalism, Native North American (Amerindian), Human Right, Medecine

Marc-André  can be reach at 1 (347) 480-1299 and is currently living in  Joliette, Qc, Canada

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What in the Hell Was He Thinking?

As a young man, I got my first camera for my 11th birthday, an East German camera called a Praktica. My father gave it to me. He liked photography and owned a Leica and Nikon F2. He gave me the camera and sent me on my way with very little instruction other than to keep the needle of the light meter in the middle. I went to the park and took some photos of kids at the playground. I still have the negatives of the first roll of film I ever shot.
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As a teenager I continued to dabble, but not really hone my skills. My father became ill with cancer and shortly before he died he gave me is Leica and his Nikon. After his death I put the cameras away and did not touch them for many, many years.
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When my oldest son was 16, he was convinced that I was the dumbest human on the planet and definitely not cool dude. In an effort to regain a personal relationship with him, I took him to Baseball Spring Training. I thought it might be a good idea to take some photos. I dusted off and cleaned up the old F2 and took my longest glass (135mm manual focus f2.8). On our first day there I was standing very close to Orel Hershiser and Mike Piazza as they were talking. I took some photos of them and some of the other ball players. At the end of the day, I gave the film to my son to take to the nearby Walmart to get processed.

He came back to our hotel room and started looking at the photos. As he looked at them he said, "Damn Dad, these are pretty good. You should be a sports photographer." And so 12 years later, through some good fortune and lots of perseverance, I am.
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The photo of Orel Hershiser and Mike Piazza hangs on the wall next to my desk. The Leica and Nikon are still with me. I actually take them out for exercise every once in a while. I never intended on being a Sports Photographer. I am not even that big a sports fan, but I love what I do and my son thinks I am pretty cool.
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Stories that need to be told

Travel & culture photography.

Hi my name is Benjamin Hiller.I was born in 1982 into a
German-American family and was raised with a humanistic and cosmopolitan world-view. I have specialized in conflict photojournalism as well as in people/corporate photography. I studied visual anthropology at the Heidelberg University and afterwards absolved a professional trade
school for photography.
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Since 2008 I have worked world-wide as a freelance photographer and
journalist, covering regions and public events such as the G20 Summit
in South Korea or the ongoing Kurdish conflict in Turkey and Syria.

My photos get published in national as well as international newspapers,
magazines and were exhibited in Germany and Turkey. Furthermore,
through my study of ethnology/anthropology I also became interested in
the themes of travel/culture photography.
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My shown Image was shot in the Kurdish region of Turkey during a protest at the Turkish-Syrian border town Nusaybin. The young girl holds a flag with the portrait of Öcalan, the founder of the Kurdish Guerilla PKK. Minutes later the sit-in was attacked by Turkish police forces. One 56 year old man got shot by a gas-grenade and brought, in the state of coma, to a nearby hospital.

Specialties: photojournalism and corporate/people photography

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Edoardo Lucci

Wudang Shan. China. Kung Fu actors walking up the staircase of an ancient temple.

Edoardo Lucci

UHT2835buddyicon I'm an italian Rome based freelance photographer and my work is mostly devoted to social, travel and enviromental report.
After the postgraduate specialization in social report at ISFCI of Rome (Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata) I started working as digital image editor and assistant to professionals in the field of fashion photography.
I received my first assignment on the occasion of L’Aquila earthquake (2009). An year later my very first social report "Il Bronx di Torrevecchia" has been published on Witness Journal n.31 (April 2010).
I have been focused on the topic of electromagnetic pollution sice 2010 and my work have been selected for a photographic report related to the electrosmog generated by the Vatican Radio framework: "Bomba Atomica - Inchiesta su Radio Vaticana" published in 2011 by Editori Riuniti.
In 2011 I was in China where I made a report on the north Kung Fu world.
Actually I'm developing a photographic project about endometriosis in Italy and collaborating with Dreck Magazine.

Edoardo Lucci



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Protesters March on 6th Avenue to Stop Police Brutality

Protesters March on 6th Avenue to Stop Police Brutality
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Six Avenue, New York, USA, December 13 2014 - Protesters march on 6th Avenue during the Millions March NYC in New York. Thousands of people marched in Washington and New York on Saturday to demand justice for black men who have died at the hands of white police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States.

On the Photo: Protesters

Credit: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire
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Santacon 2014 New York City

Santacon 2014 New York
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33rd Street, New York, USA, December 13 2014 - Revellers in Santa costumes set of through the streets of Manhattan as they takes part in the annual 'Santacon'

On the Photo: Santacon Revellers on a Mini-Skirt

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President Roosevelt’s Yacht

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt's former presidential yacht USS Potomac (AG-25) carries passengers along the San Franccisco waterfront during 2007 San Francisco Fleet Week activities. Formerly the USCGC Electra,the vessel served as presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. It is one of only three still existing presidential yachts.

After President Roosevelt's death, the USS Potomac was decommissioned from the US Navy in 1945. She subsequently served with the Maryland Tidewater Fisheries Commission and was used as a ferry boat between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 1964 she was purchased by singer and actor Elvis Presley, for US$55,000, his sole intention being to bequest it to St. Jude Children's Hospital, in Memphis, as a fund raiser. The hospital was able to sell it, that same year for US$ 75,000 and, by 1980, she was involved in drug smuggling and was seized by the US Customs in San Francisco. She sat in drydock in Sausalito for many years before being towed to Treasure Island, where she sank in 1997.

After being refloated by the U.S. Navy just two weeks later, the Potomac was sold to the Port of Oakland for $15,000 and underwent a major restoration. She is now preserved by the Potomac Association, and berthed adjacent to Jack London Square on Oakland's waterfront. She is open to dockside tours and regular cruises on San Francisco Bay.
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